As the July Fourth holiday approaches, the Wheat Ridge Police Department wants to make residents aware that all fireworks, including fountains and sparklers, are illegal within city limits.
Anyone in possession of fireworks in the City of Wheat Ridge will be ticketed, and may face a fine of up to $999, up to a year in jail, or both, according to a WRPD press release. If the illegal use of fireworks causes serious bodily injury or damages property, more serious felony charges could be applied.
Historically the Wheat Ridge Police Department receives a high call volume related to complaints concerning the use of illegal fireworks. The increase in call load can impact the response time for more urgent calls involving human safety. As in year’s past, the department will have extra officers on duty specifically for fireworks enforcement the weekend prior as well as on July Fourth.
“Although many people think fireworks are harmless and a traditional part of the annual holiday, the threat of fires is very high in Colorado,” stated Police Chief Dan Brennan. “The risk of personal injury or damage to property from illegal fireworks is also high. People who use illegal fireworks are financially liable for any damages. In addition, children, veterans, and pets are often extremely sensitive to the loud noise that accompanies fireworks, which can create anxiety and fear.”
The Arvada Fire Protection District, West Metro Fire Rescue and the Fairmount Fire Department will have staff on call to respond to any emergencies. Arvada Fire and West Metro Fire will be accepting surrendered fireworks at all fire stations.
For any questions regarding the use of fireworks in Wheat Ridge, call the Crime Prevention Office at 303-235-2910.
Wheaties Academy unveiled its community public art project at a public meet-the-artist event at Anderson Pool building on June 12.
“Greetings from Wheat Ridge” was commissioned by the 2018 Wheaties Academy, designed by local artists Blu Hartkopp and Chris Jenuine, with contributions from the community and approved by Wheat Ridge City Council with support from the Cultural Commission and Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation.
About 75 people attended including Mayor Bud Starker, council members Leah Dozeman and Larry Mathews, City Manager Patrick Goff, Director of Parks & Rec Joyce Manwarring, and artists Blu Hartkopp and Chris Jenuine.
It is the first community art project on city property, according to Wheaties’ Rachel Hultin.
Wheaties Academy is a program of Localworks.
A community yard sale and craft demonstrations and sales are highlights of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s upcoming Second Saturday event, July 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Baugh House, West 44th Avenue and Robb Street in Wheat Ridge.
The free event also offers tours of the Baugh house and the Historic Park at 4610 Robb St. Local musicians – recorder and string groups – will perform, and guests are invited to bring their voice or instrument and join in.
Snacks, tea, historical documents and memorabilia will be available. Historians will be on hand to answer questions about the Wheat Ridge area.
For more information on the Wheat Ridge Historical Society, visit its Facebook page or new website at WheatRidgeHistoricalSociety.org, or email WRHistorical@gmail.com.
Wheat Ridge student Skye E. Kreisler graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Natural Resources, at Oregon State University’s 149th commencement, Saturday, June 16, according to the school.
OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony.
For more information on Oregon State University, visit oregonstate.edu.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department has set the dates for the annual Wheat Ridge TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Days program that offers roll-off dumpsters to help residents clean up the community.
Wheat Ridge TLC stands for Traffic safety, Life quality and Crime reduction.
This year, the WRPD Community Services Team has added community meetings in collaboration with the faith-based community as part of the TLC Neighborhoods program. Community meetings will be held prior to the Wheat Ridge TLC Clean Up Day event at that same location. Check the website for additional details and dates. http://www.ci.wheatridge.co.us
Trash, recyclables and yard waste are acceptable at the following locations between 8 a.m. and noon unless bins fill up prior to that time. Residents are encouraged to drop trash, recycling and yard debris early (Check the website for items that are excluded):
- District III: Community Meeting, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, July 7, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Glory of God Church, 12200 W. 38th Ave.
- District II: Community Meeting, Aug. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St.
- District I: Community Meeting, Sept. 12, 7 to 8 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Wheat Ridge United Congregational Church, 6310 W. 29th Ave.
District IV’s events took place in May.
For more information, contact Localworks at 720-259-1030 or WeAreLocalworks.org or contact the Wheat Ridge Police Community Services Team at 303-235-9898.